Hackers hit HBO for unreleased episodes, Game of Thrones scripts

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Jul 31, 2017, 3:59 PM EDT (Updated)

A major hack has hit HBO, including content from upcoming episodes of Game of Thrones, new full episodes of Ballers and Room 104, and possibly more. The cyber attack was warned about Sunday night, and episodes and script materials began appearing online Monday morning.

"HBO recently experienced a cyber incident, which resulted in the compromise of proprietary information. We immediately began investigating the incident and are working with law enforcement and outside cybersecurity firms. Data protection is a top priority at HBO, and we take seriously our responsibility to protect the data we hold," HBO said in a statement to EW.

The claim by the hacking group is that they've pulled 1.5 terabytes from HBO's servers. Dwayne Johnson's Ballers and the new anthology series Room 104 are the only series that have had confirmed episode leaks thus far, though the hackers say "more is coming soon." They also released excerpts they claim comes from Game of Thrones Season 7 Episode 4, "The Spoils of War," set to air next Sunday, August 6.

This is the second major hack this year after Netflix had episodes from their new season of Orange is the New Black stolen and released online before its debut.

Every episode of Game of Thrones is highly anticipated, as the season premiere this year hit series highs across live viewers, streamers and same-day DVR watchers. With only a season and a half left (the final two seasons are shorter than usual as well), every episode is precious to fans, but equally precious to HBO and the hundreds of people employed to make the series come to life. HBO chairman and CEO Richard Plepler told his employees that "senior leadership and our extraordinary technology team, along with outside experts, are working round the clock to protect our collective interests," and hope to recover the data and catch the perpetrators soon.